Much of our business has shifted from our mailbox to our Inbox, but that hasn’t stopped junk mail from filling up our mailbox. I consider credit card applications, color catalogs that I don’t want or need. They don’t even get opened. They go right to the shred pile.
Believe it or not, this is a controversial subject, because less mail means fewer jobs. Mail Moves America estimates 3.5 million jobs are tied to advertising mail.
If you’re like me, and think it’s junk that just fills the landfill, here are two easy steps to get rid of that unwanted mail.
STOP PRE-APPROVED CREDIT OFFERS
Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT. You can also opt out online by clicking here. This will get rid of any pre-approved offer whether it’s for insurance or a credit card. It will reduce your mail and reduce your chance of identity theft. Put these credit applications in the hands of a thief, and your ID can easily be stolen.
How long it lasts: When you opt out online, the opt out will last for five years. If you want to permanently opt out, you need to mail in a form that you can find online on the website above. If you opt out, and want to opt back in so you can get competitive credit or insurance offers you can opt back in online.
The catch: will have to give your social security number because your social is linked to your credit score. Someone asked me a few weeks ago why the service can’t just use your address. While it seems like it would work, addresses change so often it would be hard to guarantee the opt out for several years, and it’s not your address but your social that definitively links you to the pre-approved credit offers.
DMA CHOICE MAIL PREFERENCE SERVICE
This one sounds like a mouthful, but it’s a handy tool that will remove your name and address from direct marketing lists like catalogs, magazines, etc. You can enroll online or by mail. The mail option will cost $1. Either way, Direct Marketing Association .
Then, sit back and wait. Within six to eight weeks, you should begin to notice less mail. DMA can take ninety days to take effect.
After three months have passed, begin saving any junk mail that’s slipping through the cracks. If it really bothers you, call that company and request that your name be removed from their mailing list. In not time, you’ll have no junk mail.